We are thrilled to announce that in the summer of 2018 Crow Flies Scriptworks will be collaborating with Katie Myers' to develop her new play, Margaret and the Wampus Cat.

Katie is an East Tennessee playwright, activist, and the author of What the Water Tells Me (Cattywampus Puppet Council, 2018) and Other Songs About Rocky Top (Tiger Lilly Theatre, 2017).

Check back soon for updates and a schedule of staged readings of this new work by a fresh local voice!        


Submissions are currently closed, but will reopen again on August 15, 2018.    



There are 20 million people living within 200 miles of downtown Knoxville... as the crow flies.

That's fully 6% of the the entire population of the United States living within a four hour drive of the Scruffy City. The Crow Flies Scriptworks, is an incubator for new plays by artists living, working, or going to school within that 200 mile radius.

The purpose of the project is to foster creative output from our region's playwrights by building lasting and fruitful symbiotic relationships that support and promote these authors' most exciting creations; not just for a single script, but over the course of many seasons and productions, by providing them with a regional home where they can experiment and develop new work. 

Playwrights living, working, or attending school within this area are welcome to submit.

What We're Looking For...

Before all else, we are looking for excellent storytelling, engrossing situations, three-dimensional characters making important choices, vibrant dialogue, and unique authorial perspectives. 

All manuscripts meeting the submission guidelines will be considered. (A link to the official submission guidelines can be found at the bottom of this page.) We are receptive to plays of all styles, dealing with any subject, but as artists looking at the 2018 - 2019 season here are a few of the different things we are interested in exploring right now... 

  • History v Memory

  • Home: searching for it, creating it, leaving it, destroying it...

  • Justice v Fairness

  • Stories situated geographically or culturally around East Tennessee, Northern Georgia, Southern Appalachia, and Eastern Kentucky. 

  • Stories prominently featuring women in principal roles.

  • Plays utilizing interesting means of scene (puppetry, trans-medial design elements, unconventional staging, etc)

We will select up to 3 plays for development in the 2019-2020 season. All selected manuscripts will receive a week of workshop rehearsals which the playwright is encouraged to attend, followed by a staged reading of the play. One of these plays will be selected for a full production in our 2019-2020 season. The authors of all plays selected for development will receive a $300 stipend for travel expenses. The author of the fully staged production will receive an additional $500.

Interested playwrights should review our submission guidelines for more information.